Customising Clothes.

Customising Clothes.

Happy Sunday my lovelies! I hope you’re enjoying the four day weekend as much as I am; I celebrated my third blogiversary (post coming soon), have been creating a miniature greenhouse and have been customising some clothes!

You see, I absolutely love fashion and art, so it’s pretty natural for me to customise and create my own clothes. In the past I have customised a few pieces with embroidery (you can check them out here) but more recently I’ve been delving more into tailoring clothes to fit my style so they aren’t just sat in the back of my wardrobe.

Something I love doing to different pieces is drawing or painting my own design onto them to give them a bit of a pattern and personality. One of my favourite things I’ve done with fabric pens is draw line art faces all over a pair of mom jeans that I hadn’t worn in a long time, but now I wear them all the time!

I also had an old oversized mens simple white t-shirt that I had cropped in the past and wore as pyjamas, so I made the decision to chop off its sleeves, put in some darts to make it fit a little better, opened up the sides and added some small ties as the method of doing it up and then finally I drew similar faces to the jeans all over it. It’s gone from a boring old t-shirt to a completely new and shaped top perfect for summer.

As well as customising clothes with fabric pens and paint, I also have slowly been personalising a denim jacket I picked up a while back with patches and pins, with the plan of covering it as much as I can!

Here’s what it looks like so far:

And finally, the project I undertook today, customising a very long summer dress I picked up so it would be a bit more me; and the good news is that not only did it take a mere 30s minutes from start to finish, but I also documented the process so you can do the same to any dresses you may want to shorten and change up a bit!

For this dress I decided that I wanted to shorten it to around knee length (I’m 5ft 3 for reference) since it looked a bit like it was drowning me with it being full length and then adding in a thigh split to give it that extra little pop.

So, here’s what we were starting with:

Dress before customising

As you can see, the hem of the dress landed just above my ankle, so I made the decision to take off about 8-10 inches from it to get it around knee length for me.

So, here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing Machine or needle and thread (and a lot of patience)
  • Pins
  • Something to mark your fabric with – I used a white gel pen but most pens/pencils will work
  • Measuring tape or ruler

Now that you know what you’ll need, onto some instructions!

Step 1: Measure from the bottom of the hem how much fabric you want to take off, for me this ended up being 8 inches. And remember to add your seam allowance to the bottom of this so you get the length you want, for me I was happy with anywhere in between 8 and 10 inches being cut off so I just cut at 8 inches. Then cut off the bottom of the dress.

Step 2 : Fold over the new bottom edge of the dress and pin it down, I didn’t bother to iron the hem down but you can always do that if you want to be extra sure you’ve got a crisp edge.

Step 3 : Sew down your hem, and try on you new dress! (Told you this was a quick way to change up and customise a dress)

I personally decided to style my new dress with a cute black belt to accentuate my waist and a pair of combat boots and that was that! I love this dress so much more now compared to before; I feel like it suits my personality a lot better too.

Here’s a before and after comparison for you!

Compared to my white t-shirt transformation this probably doesn’t seem like a huge transformation but the small subtle changes make a difference making this dress feel younger and more my style.

And those are some of my customised pieces! I’m constantly thinking of new ways I’d like to personalise and change up my clothes and accessories, so if you like this post or try out some of these methods of customising pieces let me know and I’ll create more posts like this!

Do you like to customise your clothes? If so, what do you like to do to personalise them? Let me know in the comments!

Have a great weekend and Easter my lovelies!

Love,

Victoria Signature
Styling Vintage Shirts.

Styling Vintage Shirts.

Happy Saturday my lovelies! I hope you all had a very Happy Halloween! What/who did you dress up as? I was the mad hatter! I can’t believe we’re in November already! October just flew by, last month was crazy busy for me but with lots of fun packed in. Now, as you know, I love fashion and quirky style, so half way through October I went to a vintage wholesale fayre!

The vintage fayre I went to was by Worth The Weight Vintage who are a vintage wholesaler who host vintage fayre’s in a different city each weekend. The way the vintage fayre works is that you pay by weight instead of per item! The great thing is that items are capped at £15 for a heavy item, like a coat or jacket and you pay £15 per kilo of clothes you pick up!

So, what did I get from the vintage sale? Well, I found some pretty cool shirts, a head scarf and a jumper! But for today I’ll be showing you how I style my vintage shirts!

First up we’ve got a black and white shirt!

Black and White Shirt

I love this shirt, it’s a bold pattern that’s pretty in season right now, and it’s super comfy. I like pairing vintage shirts with mom jeans, a black belt and accessories that go with the aesthetic of the pattern on the shirt. Plus, I had to add in my telephone bag and boots because the vibe of the shirt just asked for it with this outfit!

Here it is paired with a leather jacket and bright slip ons and paired with a blazer!

Onto the next shirt!

I picked out this shirt because this too felt super in right now, I love the white with the more delicate design on the left hand side.

Sydney shirt

I feel like this is chic and can be dressed up of down to suite your needs whilst still having that cool vintage vibe.

Onto my third and most challenging but possibly my over all favourite shirt – this bright and very bold patterned one!

Bright Bold shirt

Here’s my favourite photos in this super cute outfit!

And that’s how I’m styling my vintage shirts! I love these shirts so much, and they cost hardly anything! As you know I love a bargain so I’ll definitely be looking into more vintage wholesalers, plus I’m into weird and wonderful unique pieces.

Some of these outfits might be a bit out there for some people, but I like standing out a little, and like I always say, you can wear whatever you want as long as you wear it with confidence. All that matters when you’re styling something is that you feel good in what you’ve put on, because like Roald Dahl says

If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

Basically, wear what you want and be nice to yourself because you’re amazing!

And that’s it from me for today! Which outfit did you like the most? And what vintage clothes or more out-there outfits do you like to wear? Let me know in the comments! I always love interacting with you so feel free to follow me on instagram (@theweightofmyworlds) too so I can see all of your lovely faces and interact with you on there!

Have a great weekend lovelies!

Love,

Victoria Blog Signature
Styling Vintage Shirts Pin